OK, so Greece is not as cheap as it used to be! So, I just save a little harder to be able to afford it, and maybe not have quite so many cocktails as previously. We've just returned from 10 days in Ag Stefanos NW and prices were not really much up on last year. We still came home with uncashed traveller's cheques which will go towards next year's holiday!
Message posted by Elliemay on 16 July 2011 at 9:00pm - IP Logged
I agree Sue,
You don't always have to eat out in the tourist restaurants/resorts. Our house is not far at all from Agios Stefanos NW, but we can find plenty of places to eat out that do not cost an arm and a leg.
From Agios Stephanos, Agios Georgios, Sidari, and even in our little village Kavadades.
Lets face it, if you look at a restaurants menu and the prices are too high, go elsewhere!
Message posted by JohnandHilary (Reborn) on 16 July 2011 at 9:48pm - IP Logged
The winebox I buy is not £15, but E 15 and is a quality Georgiadis [from Sinarades] Red, White or Rose, same price, I think it is a bargain, no preservatives, no sulphates, good for me, I hope.
Back to the topic of prices. Why do the Germans favour the NW coast? Answer, it is cheaper there. Why, because the German visitors WON'T pay the high prices elsewhere on the island. Why is the rest of the island expensive? Answer, the Brits are willing to pay and have been since the start of tourism especially in the NE. Hence, you show your wallet and you pay the price.
Rest my case...J&H
Message posted by Dextercat on 16 July 2011 at 9:58pm - IP Logged
One of the wine shops outside town where you can taste and then buy a bottle to take home, or take your own demi-john. As I am in the south the one I use is on the Ethnikis Lefkimmi, just before Vrioni, on the left hand side
Message posted by Elliemay on 16 July 2011 at 10:12pm - IP Logged
We will be in Paleo in a little over 48 hours and really looking forward to it. We expect some changes and, like many others, are likely to be calling a bit canny, as we say up here. However, that won't stop us enjoying ourselves or sampling the delights of the many good restaurants and bars there.
Whilst we are aware of the current situation both for ourselves and more so for our Greek hosts, we do not approach the holiday with a totally mercenary attitude. Of course we will look for value and a trip to Lidl in Corfu is definitely on the cards. However, we would not compromise the enjoyment of having a beer at our favourite watering holes simply because the price may have shifted 50 cents or so. Or, for that matter, forego our usual every second night sampling of the local restaurants because the prices may have gone up a euro or two. I am fully expecting that they might as a friend recently returned from Athens was horrified to see a chicken in a supermarket priced at over 20 euro.
I think that this article shows that the Greeks are rising to the challenge of providing reasonable value whilst aiming for volume over margin, which is not a bad approach to take in the circumstances.
It may also show that some regular Greecophiles are sticking with Greece not just on the basis of the cost of a Mythos but for all the value their favourite places and people add to their holiday that money simply cannot buy.
Oh, by the way, if my first Mythos is 3.50 instead of 3 euro on Tuesday, am I likely to refuse it?? No chance!! :-)
Message posted by goodman on 17 July 2011 at 10:25am - IP Logged
As I said in my earlier post, obviously some people have not got a clue about business in Greece in this current climate or the History and demigraphics of tourism in Corfu and is understandable, if they have been relaxing with a glass of wine.
If it was black and white it would be ...guess what BLACK AND WHITE, but it is not.
If people are so unhappy with the current financial situation in Corfu maybe they should move to somewhere that suits them better and their pocket.
I reiterate that in Kassiopi at the moment you can buy a large beer for as little as 2.00 Euros and a three course meal for 9.90, being a bar owner I know that these prices are as low as you can go and and will only just make enough money to cover your costs, these are used as lost leaders in the hope that you are attracted and may then go on to buy something that at least makes the bar or restaurant a little profit.
If people really think that most bar owners are not doing their best to keep prices competetive wherever in the island they may be, then they are truly mistaken !!
If you have had a bad experience..paying too much, then remember please do not tar and feather us all, as I am one of many, working 100 hours a week to make a pittance an hour, in the effort to give people a fantastic holiday at competetive prices, as a way of continuing to promote Corfu and hopefully a brighter future!!!
Message posted by janmanessi on 17 July 2011 at 10:48am - IP Logged
johnandhilary Why do the Germans favour the NW coast? Answer, it is cheaper there. Why, because the German visitors WON'T pay the high prices elsewhere on the island. Why is the rest of the island expensive? Answer, the Brits are willing to pay and have been since the start of tourism especially in the NE.
Think the Germans liked the North West initially as it was not overrun with Brits! North East prices reflect their market I agree, but the rest of the island has not necessarily followed suit, and anyway times are changing so fast that no-one can really label one nationality as spenders and another not!
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